Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge 2018


This is a new challenge for me, but one I’m really looking forward to! For this challenge, you must read a number of graphic novels, mangas, comixc books, or combinations of text and bubbles. Game on.
I decided to choose the “Modern Age” level, which means reading and reviewing 12 books a year (or one a month).
You can find out more about this challenge or sign up to participate here.
I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2018

I participated in the Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge for the last few years now, with varying degrees of success. Last year, I only managed to read 15 books out of 25…

But let’s not dwell on the past. I’m going for Silver level again this year, which means I have to read 25 books.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Bookish Things and More.

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

Progress:

  1. Crowned (Beholder #4) by Christina Bauer
  2. Derailed (A Prequel Novella) by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

 

Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge 2018

I’ve participated in the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge for the past few years, and I’ve always won the challenge…so why not aim for it again?

For this challenge, you have to read mystery / crime / thriller / suspense books. This year, I’m aiming for level Special Agent, which means I have to read between 36 and 55 books. Wish me luck!

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. When Time is Cracked and The Trees Cry by Nahum Megged
  2. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
  3. Michelle by Ayala Yoked
  4. Skull Session by Daniel Hecht
  5. Her Name is Mercie by Chris Roy
  6. My Name is Nelson by Dylan Fairchield
  7. In The Wrong Hands by Avi Domoshevizki
  8. Wild Prey by Yossi Uzrad
  9. Missing in Michigan (Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Book #1) by April A. Taylor
  10. Frightened in France (Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Book #2) by April A. Taylor
  11. Incomplete Silence by Paul Usiskin
  12. Broken Code by Rafael Malul
  13. The False Mirror by Dana V. Moison
  14. The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber

New Release Reading Challenge 2018

I’ve been participating in the New Release challenge for a few years now. Last year, I aimed to read 61-100 new books, and I ended up reading 125 new release. Wow! With the challenge being so successful, of course I wanted to sign up again for this year.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Unconventional Book Views.

This year, I’m aiming for level 3 again, namely to read 61-100 new books this year. Fingers crossed!

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Derailed (A Prequel Novella) by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
  2. Three Minutes of Eternity by Alon Amir
  3. Sleep my Valley by Ruth Netzer
  4. I’m Not From Around Here by Ishai Klinowsky
  5. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
  6. Her Russian Fixer by Leslie North
  7. For A Glimpse Beyond The Terminus by Jordan R. Anderson
  8. Sweet Dreams by Stacey Keith
  9. Sanctuary by Makayla Love
  10. Miranda Bay by Susan Tarr
  11. Song for Jess by Meg Buchanan
  12. To Know Torah Vol. 1 The Book of Genesis by Ephraim Chamiel
  13. Kedesha by Ohad Pele Ezrahi
  14. Leave Me Alone by Orit Yogev
  15. Israel – Island of Success by Noga Kainan and Adam Reuter
  16. Conversations About Evaluation by Miri Levin-Rozalis
  17. Michelle by Ayala Yoked
  18. Skull Session by Daniel Hecht
  19. How To Be Our Own Psychologists? by Meirav Harel
  20. The Emerald Circle by L. Rosenman
  21. Her Name is Mercie by Chris Roy
  22. My Name is Nelson by Dylan Fairchield
  23. The Word of Abusz Weber by Michel Werber
  24. The Immortal Seeds: A Tribute to Golden Treasures by Sambath Maes
  25. The Folly of Life by Michael F. Kaufmann
  26. A Breath She Took by Ilan Amit
  27. You Deserve Better: Success in Real-Life Negotiations by Yossi Maaravi
  28. Four Winds of Love by Danny Caspi
  29. Love Lost in the War by Orit Raz
  30. Rich Before 40: The Ultimate Guide to Wealth by Paz Itzhaki
  31. Wood, Luck & Survival by Reuven Govrin
  32. In The Wrong Hands by Avi Domoshevizki
  33. Wild Prey by Yossi Uzrad
  34. Missing in Michigan (Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Book #1) by April A. Taylor
  35. Memoirs of a Road Warrior by Fred Klein
  36. The Other Side of the Sky by Haner Bat Hannah
  37. The Adventures of the Immortal Zombie Girl by Anthony Dial
  38. I Can See You Now by Michael Shraga and Ayelet Shraga
  39. New Economics by Micha Dotan
  40. Dona Gracia’s Gold Pendant by Michal Aharoni Regev
  41. The Ones Who Won by Nuria Amir
  42. Frightened in France (Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Book #2) by April A. Taylor
  43. Why Is It Always My Fault? by Dr. David Yagil
  44. Creative Marketing by Dr. Yaniv Zaid
  45. The Magnet: The Way to Fulfill Your Dreams by Oriella Paz-Maureen
  46. Amelia, The Merballs and The Emerald Cannon by Evonne Blanchard
  47. Small Steps to Great Parenting by Dr. Kalanit Ben-Ari
  48. Incomplete Silence by Paul Usiskin
  49. Curse of the Sea by Joni Parker
  50. Broken Code by Rafael Malul
  51. Beast by Shirley Gal
  52. The False Mirror by Dana V. Moison
  53. DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing by Michal Bogin Feinberg and Rony Bogin
  54. Heaven and Hell by Yair Dori
  55. The Girl From Scorpions Pass by Miri Furstenberg
  56. Mastering Organizational Change: Theory and Practice by Dr. Amir Levy
  57. Born Leaders by David Amir
  58. Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone
  59. Life & Death in the Forest of Angels by Bernad Mann
  60. Slowly Melting by Yuval Hollander
  61. The Xanthippe Factor by Sara Breslerman
  62. Uniting Kingdoms by Oran Thaller
  63. Storm in a Cup of Coffee by Keren Or
  64. Getting Used to Success by H.J. Shalev
  65. The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber
  66. Parkinson’s? you Must be Joking! by Alona Golan Sadan
  67. Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing by Hayuta Epstein
  68. Dearly Beloved by Peggy Jaeger
  69. Inside the Chinese Wine Industry by Loren Mayshark
  70. My Way To You by Lyndell Williams
  71. The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton
  72. From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad (updated edition)

Reading Challenges 2017

2017 has come to its end, and with that, I’m wrapping up things on the blog, and moving on from the last year, into a new year. The reading challenges I participated in this year were a lot of fun, but I wish I would’ve had the time to participate more. With my current schedule, I could only update the challenges once a month, but I didn’t really find the time to visit the challenges pages, or communicate with other people participating in this challenge, as I would’ve liked.

Anyway, time to look over my progress. As usual, I participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal was to read 180 books this year and I succeeded, as I ended up reading 189 books in 2017. That’s a lot less than I read last year, but this number is more doable for me with my current time frame, combining work and writing, and I actually prefer it.

For the Netgalley Reading Challenge, I aimed for Silver level – 25 books. I ended up only reading 15 books from Netgalley, so I didn’t win this challenge. However (and this might just be me) but Netgalley started offering less and less books… at least in the categories I like, so I ended up not requesting that many books either.

The next challenge I participated in was the Beat The Backlist Challenge. I aimed to read at least 20 books from my backlist this year… but only managed to read 16 books from the backlist. Still some progress, but not as impressive as I had hoped.

For the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, I wanted to read 40 fantasy books last year – which I already admitted beforehand, was a pretty ambitious goal. Well, guess what? I made it! Not only that, but I read a whopping 54 fantasy books in 2017.

I also participated in the Dystopian Reading Challenge, but that was a total bust. I tried to read more dystopian, but I couldn’t even find more dystopian books. Is dystopian dead? I hope not, and that I’ve just been looking in all the wrong places. I had aimed to read 6-10 dystopian books, but ended up reading only a meager 3 dystopian books. Pretty sure I won’t be signing up for this challenge next year.

For the New Release Reading Challenge, my goal was to read 61-100 new books this year… And I ended up reading more! 125 of the books I read this year were new releases. Go me!

Last but not least, I participated in the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge, for reading mystery books. I aimed for third level, reading 26-35 thrillers, and ended up reading 37 thrillers. Another success!

So all in all, in terms of reading challenges, 2017 was a bit of a mixed bag. I won some challenges, failed some others. Ultimately, I had a lot of fun reading, and that’s the main reason why I’m doing this, right? On to 2018!

Dystopian Reading Challenge 2017

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I didn’t win the Dystopian Reading Challenge last year, so I’m trying again this year – although I’m aiming for a lower level.

This time, I’m going for level 2 – Rebel, which means I have to read and review 6-10 dystopan books.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on My Soul Called Life.

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Stealing Liberty by Jennifer Froelich
  2. The Dreadful Tango in Paris by Charles Z. David
  3. Young Harry: The Scroll of Spera (Refuge City Book 2) by Amos Castel el Halili

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Beat The Backlist Challenge 2017

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The purpose of the Beat the Backlist Challenge is to knock off titles that have been on your TBR list for a while. Naturally, that means the books have to be released prior to 2017.

You can set your own goals for this challenge. I finished a lot of eBooks from my backlist last year, but this year I’m focusing on paperbacks / physical copies. I’d like to read at least 20 books from my backlist this year.

You can find out more about the challenge or sign up to participate on Novel Knight.

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
  2. Stormy Waters by Miron Ben Ari
  3. Uscolia: Learning Without Teaching by Gabriel Lanyi
  4. Take Me To The Start by J.R. Kavit
  5. Fool Me Twice by Philippa Jane Keyworth
  6. A Random Traveler by Leo Getz
  7. The Convenient Escape by Robert Downs
  8. Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla by D.C. Triana
  9. Place to Belong by Claire Boston
  10. Tribulations by Faith Hunter
  11. No Quarter: Wenches (Volume 1) by MJL Evans and GM O’Connor
  12. Legacy by Hannah Fielding
  13. Pork Pies by Judy Nichols
  14. Blood Rain by Nancy Gray
  15. Vision: Seeing is Achieving by Allan Sealy
  16. Redfern by G.D. Tinnams

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017

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Last year, I participated in the Netgalley challenge. I didn’t reach my goal, but I made a fair amount of progress. I’m not sure if the blogger will host a challenge for 2017 since it’s been months since there have been new posts on her blog – but I did want to participate in a similar challenge. Luckily, I found the Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge.

I don’t really use Edelweiss, but hopefully that’ll change next year.

For this challenge, you have to read a number of books you got from Netgalley or Edelweiss. I’m aiming for Silver level – 25 books.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Bookish Things and More.

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
  2. The Convenient Escape by Robert Downs
  3. Confrontation with Evil by Steven A. LaChance
  4. When Blood Reigns by Barbara Custer
  5. The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
  6. Laura Monster Crusher by Wesley King
  7. Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay
  8. List of 10: The True Story of Serial Killer Joseph Naso by C.L. Swinney
  9. The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
  10. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  11. One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn
  12. Cry Wolf by Greta Stone
  13. Ghost Box by Chris & Paulette Moon
  14. Bone White by Ronald Malfi
  15. Spirits of the Cage by Richard Estep and Vanessa Mitchell

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Bookish Resolutions Reading Challenge

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The Bookish Resolutions Reading Challenge is a new challenge I’m participating in this year. For this challenge, you have to set some resolutions for 2017, and then track your progress on completing these goals. There are three categories of goals, and you have to set a minimum number of subgoals in each category.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Trips Down Imagination Road.

My 2017 resolutions are:

Reading Goals

  • Maintain a Netgalley ratio of at least 90%
  • Complete my Goodreads reading goal
  • Read at least 20 paperback review copies that I received prior to this year

Blogging Goals

  • Keep track of my reviews on I Heart Yearly Reads, my review index on I Heart Reading, and add the covers on my Facebook page, for each month
  • Send out a weekly newsletter every Monday
  • Have at least 5 scheduled posts for the next month by the end of the previous month
  • Comment on 5 blogs a day (Monday-Friday)
  • Blog at least once a week on my author blog

Writing Goals

  • Finish at least 3 writing projects
  • Write down monthly and weekly writing goals
  • Contribute to an anthology
  • Edit at least 3 projects
  • Publish my Snoebels, Cat Detective Series (at least 3 books)

Personal Goals

  • Exercise 3 times a week
  • Draw at least once every two weeks
  • Do more creative projects

 

Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge 2017

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For the Cloak and Dagger challenge, you have to read mystery / crime / thriller / suspense books. Last year, I nearly reached the highest level, just barely missing it, so this year, I want another shot at the challenge.

This year, I’m aiming for the third level, 26-35 thriller / mystery books. This level is called Inspector, and I like the sound of that.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Murder at Midnight by John Ukah
  2. Stormy Waters by Miron Ben Ari
  3. The Convenient Escape by Robert Downs
  4. Survival: Hijacking Into Freedom by M. Ben Yanay
  5. A Kind of Woman by Helen Burko
  6. Ernie and the Evils of Insurance by Brent Ayscough
  7. Pork Pies by Judy Nichols
  8. In The Prison of Our Grief by S.E. Amadis
  9. Survivor of the Clan by Jennifer Ott
  10. From the Nile to Jordan by Ada Aharoni
  11. A Blue-Eyed Asset by Dana Arama
  12. Blood on the Ground by Paul Usiskin
  13. Thin Air by Yotam Jacobson
  14. No Medals Today by Shlomi Tal
  15. Married to the Mossad by Shalva Hessel
  16. Double Interest by Odeda Yaari
  17. The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
  18. Missing by Adiva Geffen
  19. The Watcher by Eli Carros
  20. 2036 The Proof by Zvi Speiser
  21. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  22. Stealing Liberty by Jennifer Froelich
  23. The Beautiful Dead by Belidna Bauer
  24. The Unexpected by Travon Toussiant
  25. The Carpet Weaver of Isfahan by Shmuel Peretz
  26. The Dreadful Tango in Paris by Charles Z. David
  27. I Am Not A Traitor by Y.I. Latz
  28. Life in a Box by Einat Lifshitz Shem-Tov
  29. 5th Floor Below by Menahem Misgav
  30. Roller Coaster in Tehran by Y.I. Latz
  31. Until Sweet Death Arrives by Amnon Binyamini
  32. A Trap in Paris by Uzi Eilam
  33. Singapore Under Attack by Uzi Eilam
  34. Secrets in the Woods by J.E. Smythe
  35. Penchant for Vengeance by Robert Downs
  36. Framed by Wayne Kerr
  37. Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold

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